Welcome to Oceans 2016 in Monterey, CA

Welcome to OCEANS 16 Monterey!

Taking place at the Portola Plaza Hotel and the Monterey Marriott, with plenary sessions at the Golden State Theatre

Latest News

Aquarium Discount

We are happy to announce that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has graciously offered attendees and their families substantially discounted admission rates during the Conference week. Please visit our Resources and Specials Page for information.

Program Listing Released

The detailed and searchable program listing was just released. Please click here to see the listing

Going Green

Go Paperless

Venue Reminder

VenuMapJust a reminder that Exhibits and Sessions will be held in the Monterey Marriott and the Portola Plaza Hotels. Check the listings in the Final Program or on the OCEANS App for Session and Exhibitor locations and click on the map to the right for an overview.

Golf Tournament Spots Still Available

There are still openings available for Golfers on Sunday, September 18th. See the Press Release for more information.

Exhibitor Booths Full

Visit all the exhibits at the Monterey Marriott and the Portola Plaza Hotel. Be sure to visit both venues!

Announcing Exhibitor Matchmaking Service

A special matchmaking service will be provided by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) to ‘Ocean 16’ exhibitors providing pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings at the conference

Sponsored By



Honorary Chair


Rep. Sam Farr

We anticipate a great turnout with a superior technical program and wonderful events to educate as well as entertain our registrants. The week will start with local tours at several of the more than 20 marine-related facilities that form the Monterey Bay Crescent Research Consortium; world class golf; kayak tours with sea otters; and other activities where you can experience the natural outdoor splendor of our local area.

The program kicks-off with workshops and tutorials then moves on to the core technical program over several days. Sessions will be held in the Monterey Marriott and the Portola Plaza Hotels. Join your peers for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any number of top-level establishments, which are all minutes from the hotels. Several other special events are also being planned. These include tastes of the food and wine that the Monterey area is famous for.

The week will also include exhibits of the latest in ocean technology. On the culminating evening of the conference, find yourself strolling between the local flora and fauna at our Gala Dinner being held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Special room rates are available for the conference and extend over the weekend prior and afterwards for those who would like to enjoy Monterey further. Giant sequoia redwoods, art galleries of all kinds, beautiful vistas and endless activities are all just a short drive away from downtown Monterey.

Easy to get to, easy to stay… hard to leave … Oceans Monterey 2016 is the place to be!

Bill Kirkwood and Jill Zande
Oceans 2016 Co-Chairs



Jill Zande


Bill Kirkwood


About the event

Every autumn, the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society sponsor OCEANS, a prestigious conference/exhibition that draws an international audience of more than 2,000 attendees:

  • Taking place at the Portola Plaza Hotel and the Monterey Marriott
  • Over 500 professionally reviewed technical papers, including sessions focused on local themes
  • Plenary sessions with leaders from industry, academia, the military and government that will be held at the historic Golden State Theater
  • 130+ exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products and services at both the Portola Plaza Hotel and Marriott venues
  • A student poster session featuring outstanding projects from around the world and other student activities
  • Tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, government listening sessions, social/networking opportunities, professional field trips …and much, much more

A Day Around the Bay

Monterey County is loaded with unique activities and moments that you can only experience in our backyard. We’ve made it easy for you and crafted a list of opportunities to make the most of your trip. So get out and challenge yourself to grab life by the moments and make the most of your Monterey getaway!